About four years after the worst mass bleaching event in Hawaii, scientists are "excited" when they say the state's coral reefs are finally stabilizing growth and stabilization. The healthier reefs were usually out of the reach of excessive human impact, but even the vulnerable cauliflower coral species, which were blanched to 98% in 2015, showed signs of recovery.
to the point where it may never recover, "said Eric Conklin, marine science director for the organization's Hawaii program, as reported by West Hawaii Today, growing coral grow 40 times faster
"We surveyed more than 14,000 coral colonies at 20 locations along the West Hawaiian coast from Kawaihae to Keauhou, and were thrilled to see many reefs stabilized in the region."
The news agency says that currently only 6% of the state waters and lawmakers a In the next eleven years, nearshore protection is to be increased to 30%.
With the help of TNC surveys, the legislators hope that Land to enact laws that effectively protect reefs from stressors such as polluted water and commercial fishing.
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